Angela Eagle

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Sunday Trading: A Humiliating Defeat for the Tory Government

(2) Comments | Posted 10 March 2016 | (11:42)

The Government's defeat in attempting to relax Sunday trading laws reflects not just the unpopularity of their proposals, but a desperate effort to avoid proper parliamentary scrutiny.

The measures were first proposed in last year's Local Government and Devolution Bill, but were removed after strong opposition from Labour and some...

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The Chancellor's Spending Review Will Be Shaped by a Political Choice to Reduce the Deficit Through Swingeing Spending Cuts Instead of Growing the Economy

(3) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (23:00)

The Chancellor's spending review will be shaped by a political choice to reduce the deficit through swingeing spending cuts, rather than by growing the economy. Record low interest rates could allow him to fund much needed infrastructure development, but his choice means he risks not only missing borrowing targets but...

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We Need the Real Living Wage to Tackle the Low Pay Challenge

(11) Comments | Posted 4 November 2015 | (23:00)

One of the great things about Living Wage Week is that it gives us an opportunity to celebrate the victories that have been achieved over the last year. The Camden school meals staff, the shop workers at Aldi and local authority employees up and...

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Whatever Happens on Saturday - Labour Has Changed

(14) Comments | Posted 8 September 2015 | (16:00)

For thousands of Labour Party members' who've spent the last three months attending hustings, receiving relentless emails, texts, phone calls and from direct mails from leadership and deputy leadership candidates like me, this weekend's election result can't come soon enough. Trust me, the members I've met while touring the country...

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This Government's Handling of 'English Votes for English Laws' Is Reckless, Dangerous, and Threatens the Future of Our Union

(7) Comments | Posted 3 July 2015 | (15:35)

The Labour party was founded on ideals of co-operation and solidarity: a sense of common purpose, the idea of fairness and the understanding that we do better when we join forces. Those too are the principles on which our Union was built and which have kept it strong for 300...

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As Labour's Deputy Leader I Believe I Could Help Us to Recover, Rebuild and Win in 2020

(14) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (10:20)

Labour has just suffered a heart-breaking election defeat all the more shocking because it was unanticipated. We cannot be complacent about the task we face to win in 2020. But we owe it to all those we came into politics to represent not to fall into despair. Nor should we...

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This Government's Lobbying Bill Remains an Unworkable, Sinister Mess

(5) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (13:20)

The snappily titled 'Transparency of lobbying, non party campaigning and trade union administration' Bill completes its final stages in the Lords today, and is due to return at breakneck speed to the Commons on Wednesday.

The Lords have delivered some important changes, but it essentially returns as it began: an...

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The Government's Gagging Bill Says It All About Who David Cameron Really Stands Up For

(74) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (12:17)

The House of Commons will today decide whether to give the government's sinister Gagging Bill a Third Reading and send it on to the House of Lords. Because the government want to secure their gag on charities and campaigners before the next election, Parliament will be making that decision with...

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Let's Stop the Government's Gagging Bill

(30) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (11:05)

This afternoon I will be in the chamber leading Labour's opposition to the David Cameron's Lobbying Bill, one of the worst bits of legislation I've seen in some time.

From a prime minister who solemnly promised he'd fix our broken politics, this is a bill that does...

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Building a Better Politics

(49) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (00:00)

Considering the news recently, it really is no wonder that people are switching off from politics.

We've had a barrage of stories that make politics seem like it is for vested interests, not for ordinary people, with Tory dodgy donors and lobbyists at the heart of...

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Labour's Alternative Queen's Speech

(116) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (00:00)

On Wednesday the Queen will open the next session of parliament and announce the government's legislative plans for the next year. While the government scrabble around for a coherent agenda, Labour has set out what would be in our Queen's Speech: six bills with a relentless focus on the economy.

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New Session Same Incompetence

(2) Comments | Posted 19 May 2012 | (00:00)

Two years into government, after 13 years in opposition (or in the case of the Liberal Democrats almost a century) you would have expected a Queen's Speech packed with ideas. Ministers would have spent months battling it out to have their legislation included in the government's packed programme.

It has...

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Power Without Purpose

(9) Comments | Posted 20 February 2012 | (23:00)

The great mountain climber George Mallory, when asked why he had wanted to climb Mount Everest, replied simply, "because it is there."

David Cameron, as you would expect from an ex-PR man, has a smooth answer on why he wants to be prime minister, but I have the sense that...

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Happy Birthday PMQs

(2) Comments | Posted 24 October 2011 | (00:00)

It was 24 October 1961 that old Etonian Tory Prime Minister Harold Macmillan faced Labour's leader Hugh Gaitskill across the dispatch box in the first session of Prime Minister's Questions.

He answered questions about his Government's ongoing negotiations to join the European 'Common Market.' Wind forward fifty years and...

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It's Time for George Osborne to Forget the Dogma

(15) Comments | Posted 26 July 2011 | (15:46)

For a Prime Minster who promised to 'get the economy moving again' today's GDP figures must be deeply worrying. They reveal growth of just 0.2% in the second quarter of 2011.

Today we've heard the additional bank holiday due to the royal wedding, the wedding itself and the warm weather...

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